Episode 5: Noé / by Ambivalently Yours

*Content Warning: discussions of fat shaming and fatphobia, ableism

Welcome to the 5th episode of Rebelliously Tiny. Here’s this week’s question: “im a bigger girl and i feel like shit about it and people always make comments on my weight but its like not their buisness, you know? they say their "worried for my health" but really they dont care at all they just want me to stick to their standards of whats beautiful…”  

This week, we talk with Noé about issues of body-shaming that affect women, people of color and gender nonconforming individuals in particular. We also discuss how these issues intersect with disability and pain and the assumptions people make about “health” based on outward appearance. Noé has a lot of insight from their personal experiences, and Ambivalently Yours can relate, from her time working as a designer in the fashion industry. Both are familiar with the shame involved in the way women’s bodies are policed and constantly measured against a specific beauty standard. We discuss the pressures to lose some mystical amount of weight to be happy, or to buy outfits or makeup in order to be a version of “beautiful” imposed by society. Noé also talks about the support that can come from friendships and communities, as well as the importance of language and their decision to reclaim the word “fat.”

Follow Noé’s work at @fatkittyrising on Facebook and Tumblr.

A podcast by Ambivalently Yours
Co-produced by Hannah McCasland

Recorded at (with their technical and financial support) Oboro Arist-Run Center in Montreal
Technical support: Stéphane Claude
Music: Greg Barkley